The fruit from this wine is sourced from premium vineyards across the Hawkes Bay region. The Waikahu site is located on the warm easterly plateau of Maraekakaho, where the fruit is grown on sandy loam over red stained gravels. This area consists of some of New Zealand’s oldest soils dating back thousands of years. This prestigious vineyard is planted with a selection of Chardonnay clones, all of which feature in this wine. Located east of the Maraekakaho region in Hawkes Bay, Villa Maria’s Keltern Vineyard is a warm inland site, buffered by the Ngaruroro River. Established on an ancient riverbed, the vineyard has deep loams and large free-draining gravel rocks. The various clones and vineyard sites provided the winemaker with an exciting array of blending options.